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Grace&I Fruit+Nut Presses

posted on November 30th, 2012 by Michelle Salatino

Grace&I was established by two women, true foodies at heart and devoted to sharing extraordinary gourmet products that have been handcrafted to perfection in small batches. Being creative with the abundance that exists in nature is in our marrow and we absolutely love to create new exciting, enticing, and delightful products for other fellow foodies. Grace&I is honored to highlight true culinary Artisan Mastery with the creator of our Fruit+Nut Presses and join forces with one of our Le'Cordon Bleu Chefs. "The Fruit+Nut Presses are individually handcrafted by culinary Artisans. Each layer is placed with the intent of creating a unique piece of art. The idea, the inspiration, the intention of each Press piece is to make one stop, to look deeply, and think consciously.....to feel something, to say, "Oh, Wow" and in that moment perhaps take a minute and feel the Grace, the Grace of God; to feel gratitude, to stop and pay attention/to care about what one is eating, making it a… Read More

Organic Earth Coffee for the Holidays

posted on November 28th, 2012 by Mike McMahon

As we enter the season for sharing and giving, Bristol Farms brings you our Organic Earth Coffee line. Our coffee is grown in the area between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, the region that yields the world’s best coffee. These gourmet Arabica coffee beans are grown between 4,000 and 6,000 feet above sea level to gain smooth, rich taste. Picked by hand at the peak of ripeness, the beans are processed with care and then meticulously graded and separated by bean size and density. These beans were bought directly from farmers to insure fair purchasing practices. This organic coffee is roasted to perfection; both light (Breakfast Blend) and dark (French Roast).  You can now pick up a 10 oz bag for just $5.99. Happy Holidays! Read More

Give the Gift of Good Taste with Holiday Gift Baskets

posted on November 27th, 2012 by Bristol Farms

Everyone loves to unwrap presents. It’s even more fun to peel away the layers of a special treat–a basket full of amazing culinary treasure. Whether as a hostess gift, a special treat for a beloved friend or even as tasty corporate gifts, Bristol Farms’ gift baskets are the perfect way to celebrate the holidays. Deck the Vineyards $99.00 Foley Chardonnay from the famous Santa Rita Hills appellation and Bench Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast are the excellent elixirs in this basket. They are rounded out by such treats as Rosemary & Olive Oil Baked Herb Crackers, Asiago Cheese Wedge, Godiva Chocolate Truffles, Cappuccino & Chocolate Chip Cookies, Napa Valley Honey Mustard Pretzel Nuggets and Stonewall Kitchen Roasted Garlic Onion Dip Mix. Oh Tea & Coffee Tree! $79.99 Finding this basket of morning treats under the Christmas tree will warm the cockles of anyone’s heart. Beth’s Oatmeal Raisin & White Chocolate Chip Cookies, Brown & Haley Butter crunch Toffee Cookies… Read More

Bristol Kitchens’ 3 Days of Savings Sale

posted on November 22nd, 2012 by Carl Smith

It’s that time of year again…   Bristol Kitchens 2nd Annual Black Friday 3 Days of Savings. Everything in Kitchenware, Houseware and Gifts on sale 30% off. Come and save on brands like: Cuisinart Electric                    Capresso Coffee Maker Oneida            Cookware                    True Fabrication Wine Accessories Vita Mix Mixer                       Dartington Stemware OXO Good Grip                     J A Henckels Knives Zyliss                                       Norpro Cooking Bialetti Italian brewer And Much More…   Come in and find the perfect for your Foodie or food enthusiast or something for yourself.   Bristol Kitchens’ 2 Annual 3 Days of Savings November 23 – 25   Quantities are limited. Discount reflected at check out Read More

Thanksgiving Holiday Pie Tradition

posted on November 20th, 2012 by Christophe Moreau

Thanksgiving was the one holiday where all of my family came together.  The best part about Thanksgiving for me as a child was being able to see my Grandpa, I truly adored him.  He would sit with me for hours sharing funny stories; he could always make me laugh.  When dinner was over and we thought we couldn’t eat another bite, out came the amazing pies!  We had all the traditional varieties: apple, pumpkin and a special pecan pie just for Grandpa.  Pecan pie was his favorite….so of course I quickly made it my favorite too.  I’m almost positive that I preferred pumpkin to pecan when I was 8 but I wasn’t going to miss sharing this pie with my Grandpa, it was our pie to share. Now that I have a son of my own and his favorite pie is pumpkin, I get to enjoy 2 slices of pie on Thanksgiving. This year I might even get him to share in a slice of Pecan with me…in honor of his Great Grandpa of course. As the Director of Bakery, nothing is more important to me during the… Read More

First of the Season: Satsuma Mandarins

posted on November 19th, 2012 by Keith Tsuchiyama

Known as “unshu mikan” in Japan and known as “wenzhou migan” in China, the name Satsuma, by which it has become known, is credited to the wife of a United States minister to Japan, General Van Valkenberg, who sent trees of it home in 1878.  Satsuma is the name of a former province, now Kagoshima Prefecture, on the southern tip of Kyushu Island, where it is believed to have originated. Our Satsumas ripen completely on the tree which brings out their rich, sweet, citrus flavor. Their loose, easy-peel skin and seedless sections make them a perfectly delicious easy to eat, healthy snack. The skin is smooth to slightly “bumpy.” Satsuma’s are often sold with the stems and leaves still attached for a more natural appearance. Also known as Honey Citrus, Satsuma Mandarins are most often eaten out of hand. Just peel them and eat them. That’s what I’ll usually do. It takes me less than a minute to get into the easy to peel, seedless, mouthwatering goodness. Healthy and… Read More

How would you live out a Chocolate Adventure?

posted on November 9th, 2012 by Nicole Vuletich

Many of us enjoy the use of social media in our professional and personal lives, and I would like to account for one particular day and one particular moment where I saw a post from Scharffenberger Chocolate beckoning...inviting me to enter a Chocolate Adventure contest. Now, I’m not a professional baker or classically trained chef, but I do work for the best Grocery Store for foodies right? So, a passion for food comes with the territory. One particular food I LOVE is Chocolate...and if chocolate falls in line with a cookie (make that a sandwich cookie), that just makes it all the more better. This is exactly what the Scharffenberger Chocolate Adventure Contest required; the use of their fine chocolate in an original sandwich cookie and using at least one of the following challenging ingredients: Coconut milk or coconut cream, Sweet potato, Tapioca or tapioca flour, Tequila, Banana, Chili pepper (any type; fresh, whole-dried or ground), Pine nuts, Corn meal, Sumatra coffee, Fresh… Read More

Dress Up Your Salad with Terrapin Ridge Farms

posted on November 6th, 2012 by Aaron Jones

Terrapin Ridge Farms’ dressings are the perfect flavor-packed compliment to liven up your boring salad greens. From Pomegranate Triple Citrus to Cilantro Lime Ranch to Stoneground Mustard with Black Walnut; these dressings are low in fat and rich in taste. Terrapin Ridge Farms’ versatile dressings serve triple duty as tasty meat marinades and dips as well as the more traditional salad toppers. Terrapin Ridge Farms CEO, Mary O’Donnell, believes that by combining quality ingredients and unique flavors, a simple salad dressing becomes much more extraordinary. Small batch made gourmet dressings are just one of the creative and delicious products that O’Donnell and her team at Terrapin Ridge Farms offers and their passion shines through with every bite Read More

Keeping it Local for 30 Years!

posted on November 1st, 2012 by Nicole Vuletich

Your hometown, local extraordinary food store is turning 30 this month! Bristol Farms would like to thank our Southern California customers for allowing us to serve them and for their shopping dedication for the past 30 years. It’s hard to believe that our first store in Rolling Hills Estates opened in November 1982 and we have been serving Southern California with our local flavor ever since. Our company is now 14 stores strong and we stretch from La Jolla to San Francisco keeping it local every day by providing the best tasting, freshest food available. We will be celebrating our 30th Anniversary by offering our great customers 30% off selected items! This week we have 30% off our entire steak category as well as 30% off wild caught jumbo or large shrimp, free range air chilled whole chicken, and pasture raised grass fed lamb shoulder rack. Stop by and save and thank you for 30 years! Read More

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